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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

•Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Co. will enter the Massachusetts market early next year, bringing its distribution footprint to 46 states. The craft brewer has partnered with Girardi Distributors, Atlas Distributing Inc., L. Knife and Sons, Craft Brewers Guild, Seaboard Products and Williams Distributing for distribution in the Bay State. New Belgium will debut on draft and in bottles with Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Citradelic IPA, seasonal releases and sour beers like La Folie. New Belgium’s sales volume last year was around 930,000 barrels, down from 945,000 the previous year.

•Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Company is releasing a new brew, Stone Ripper, exclusively in its home state this week, with national distribution planned for early next year. The new Pale Ale offering is brewed with Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy hops. Stone Ripper (5.7% abv) will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft. Stone is currently ranked as the 10th-largest U.S. craft brewer, according to the Brewers Association.

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